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A hierarchical artificial neural network system for the classification of cervical cells

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4 Author(s)
Bazoon, M. ; Guelph Univ., Ont., Canada ; Stacey, D.A. ; Chen Cui ; Harauz, G.

The task of cervical cell classification can be divided into four sub-tasks: (1) the isolation of single cells, cell clusters and clumps as well as artifacts, (2) the segmentation of the cell image into nucleus and cytoplasm, (3) the extraction of cell features such as size and density of the nucleus and cytoplasm, grey level extrema, fractal dimension, texture parameters and shape measures, and (4) the use of these features to classify the cell as normal or abnormal. The final problem of formulating a diagnostic decision based on these data is a multivariate statistical one, to which there are many theoretical and practical solutions. Palcic et al. (1992) have performed a discriminant function analysis of a large set of such measurements, and have achieved a high predictive accuracy. This paper describes a solution for the cell classification task which utilizes a hierarchical system of artificial neural networks (ANNs) using backpropagation (BP) and achieves extremely high accuracy

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Neural Networks, 1994. IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence., 1994 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:6 )

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27 Jun- 2 Jul 1994